• The calm, inviting waters of the Spokane Arm. Photo Credit: NPS\LARO\John Salisbury

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The River Mile

schools participating in the River Mile
Map of the Columbia River Watershed and schools participating in The River Mile.
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Aspen leaf at Spring Canyon - NPS/T. Stellhorn

Aspen leaf at Spring Canyon

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The River Mile is a student inquiry approach to monitoring watershed health of the Columbia River and is designed to inspire students to learn more about STEM pathways.

Kindergarten through 12th grade students engage in multi-discipline, multi-level, real world scientific research, data collection and analysis related to the Columbia River Watershed. Schools adopt a one mile section of the Columbia River or tributary and utilize it as their real world laboratory where they work with park staff and scientists to collect, analyze, interpret and share watershed health data. Students and teachers become intimately familiar with their mile by spending time in the field inventorying the site and, in collaboration with park staff and other scientists, monitor, analyze, investigate and research site discoveries. In schools where more than one grade participates, students are engaged in STEM learning over an extended period of time. Students build on previous knowledge and continue to grow in their understanding of watershed health over multiple grades.

For more information, please click on the following links or contact our education specialist.

The River Mile Institute
The River Mile Blog
Program Flyer
Crayfish Study


Did You Know?

The mock orange grows prolifically at Fort Spokane and has a fragrant blossom similar to the orange blossom.

Fort Spokane (1880 - 1898) was established in part to protect the rights of local Native American tribes from newly arrived settlers who wanted to settle, poach, or illegally mine on the Spokane and Colville Reservations.